Dinner just got delicious with Grandma’s homemade meatballs ! I’m so excited to share this family favorite with you! So simple to make, but I promise you, these will be the best Italian meatballs you make! Traditional Swedish meatballs may be good but these are simply the best!
Homemade Meatballs with Spaghetti
I an seriously so excited to share this recipe with you guys, and I can not wait for you all to try it.
These homemade Italian meatballs are seriously the best, and I have been eating, and enjoying them, for years!
This is my Grandma Adee’s recipe, and we have been eating it my entire life! I sure with my grandma was still with us today to make a big batch, laugh, and have a wonderful night. Every time we make these meatballs, we think of her.
My mom, Susie, who everyone knows as Simply Sated, adapted the recipe and if there’s one recipe I ALWAYS request, its this one.
They are loaded with rich flavor and they are one of my favorite things to make when I need some comfort food.
For more of my Mom’s recipes, be sure to check out her tomato soup with cheesy crostini and snickerdoodle cookies.
Why you’ll love these Meatballs:
- FREEZER FRIENDLY: Be sure to make a big batch for the freezer! They can be cooked right from frozen for simple and easy dinners.
- VERSATILE: These beef meatballs can be served in so many ways. They are great in all of your favorite pasta sauces, pile them into subs or serve as an appetizer with your favorite dips.
- EASY: These grandma’s meatballs are super simple and quick to make, but they are hands down delicious!
How to make Grandma and Mom’s (Kittie Adee and Susie Gall’s) Famous Meatballs
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- Beat the eggs.
- Stir in the half and half, breadcrumbs and the seasonings.
- Mix in the ground beef.
- Cook the meatballs in your favorite sauce or check our Swedish meatballs with sauce.
What’s the best beef to use?
Hands down, ground chuck is your best option for the best meatballs. Ground chuck is 20% fat, so it’s the perfect balance between fatty and lean.
Because of this it has a great flavor and you end up with juicy meatballs.
Can you freeze homemade meatballs?
These homemade beef meatballs can be frozen either cooked or uncooked for up to 6 months. The best thing is, is that they don’t need to be thawed before using them, you can toss them right into your sauce from frozen making dinner super effortless.
Be sure to get all of my instructions for freezing and reheating these meatballs within the notes section of the recipe card.
Why do meatballs fall apart?
I can promise you, these meatballs stay perfectly intact, so for best results do follow the recipe! Meatballs fall apart due to the binding ingredients; eggs and breadcrumbs.
Too much, or too little, of either can cause your meatballs to fall apart during cooking.
- Make them gluten-free by using GF bread crumbs.
- Don’t overwork the meatball mixture. Over mixing the ingredients can make your meatballs tough and chewy.
- For the most tender and best meatballs, cook them raw (without browning) in your favorite spaghetti or marinara sauce.
I just know that you are going to adore these grandma’s meatballs, and you’re going to quickly discover why they are one of my favorite things to eat! Be sure to let me know if you make them!
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Tried these today, very good. Cooked them a little different as I baked them instead of cooking them in a sauce. They are good baked, will use that recipe alot.
Thanks so much for sharing what worked for you, Nick!
Hi!! Is it possible to bake these in the oven? I need to make them for someone who doesn’t like sauce. They look delicious. Thank you!!!
Yes, you can!
By far the best and easiest meatball recipe! I added some fresh garlic, otherwise made as posted. They were delicious!
Love the addition!
Very easy to make and tastes great 👍
Happy to hear!
Do you have a spaghetti/marinara sauce recipe to go with it?
These were delicious! So so good. My toddlers loved these meatballs. Never made home made meatballs and finally decided to give it a try! Loved it. The only issue I had was since it was my first time making them the meatballs fell apart a tiny bit.
That looks amazing, Brianna!!
Is it possible to do this in a crockpot or instapot? I live in Haiti where it is very hot so leaving the stove on this long makes our house super hot.
I haven’t tried it before, but I am sure it could work!
Is it possible to do this in a crockpot or instapot? I live where it is very hot so leaving the stove on this long makes our house very hot!
I haven’t tried it, but let us know how it goes!
These meatballs are so tender and delicious. I always double the recipe and freeze the ones not eaten right away. Excuse me while I head to the kitchen to make these gorgeous babies. Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by, always the best advice! :)